There is less than a month to go until the Giants can use their 12 picks in the upcoming NFL draft. Here's a look at how those picks might go:
The NFL Draft is less than a month away, and the Giants will be putting together official visits for some of the top prospects they're interested in adding to their Big Board at the end of April.
One of those players is LSU LB Devin White, who told NOLA.com on Sunday that he will have a pre-draft visit with the Giants. He also mentioned the Buccaneers, who own the No. 5 pick before the Giants' sixth overall selection, and the Bengals (No. 11 pick) will host him as well.
White is considered by many to be the top linebacker in this draft class, with Michigan's Devin Bush also at the top of the heap. The Giants certainly need to upgrade their second tier, especially on the outside. White, though, is an inside linebacker that would be projected to take the starting role from B.J. Goodson if the Giants were to bring him aboard. Alec Ogletree, a defensive captain, would be next to him.
Tags: Alec Ogletree, B.J. Goodson, Scott Thompson
The first time the Giants organization seemed to really begin thinking about what comes next at quarterback after Eli Manning was about three years ago. They still had plenty of time back then, but seemed to understand it would run out fast.
Still, they have declined to address that need ever since -- at least not in the first round of the draft -- and suddenly they are standing at the end of Manning's road. He's 38 and his contract is up at the end of the season, but the Giants have no replacement ready because they have continually kicked this hugely important decision farther and farther down the road.
And yes, even now, they might do it again.
Tags: Alec Ogletree, B.J. Goodson, B.J. Hill, Dalvin Tomlinson, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Lorenzo Carter, Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
This season, the Giants' offense usually had the spotlight shining bright on them.
How could it not with the aging Eli Manning analyzed with a fine tooth comb under center, the comeback of star WR Odell Beckham Jr., and rookie RB Saquon Barkley looking to prove he was worth the No. 2 overall pick over the top quarterbacks in his draft class (he's the top Rookie of the Year candidate, so that answers that question).
But what about the Giants' defense? They had a lot of intrigue entering the season with a new, aggressive coordinator, a few new pieces, and the goal of returning to the crew that was one of the stingiest in scoring back in 2016. But that wasn't the case at all.
The Indianapolis Colts are a legitimately good team that might finish this season with 10 wins and a berth in the playoffs. And the Giants, as awful as they've been all year, took them to the wire. They were one drive -- maybe one pass -- away from winning this game.
Instead they lost 28-27, leaving them with nothing but a moral victory. And while it was another sign that they've improved since their miserable first half of the season, they're still 4-3 since their 1-7 start.
Tags: Alec Ogletree, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Indianapolis Colts, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
It got lost in the shuffle last week, when everyone freaked out over the way Saquon Barkley wa used in the second half in Philadelphia, but the Giants' defense was absolutely terrible. The Eagles rolled over them in the second half. The Giants defense couldn't get off the field.
They needed a big bounce-back game this week.
They seemed to have it. Then they blew it. And then they bailed themselves out in the end.
Tags: Alec Ogletree, B.W. Webb, Chicago Bears, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
When Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. made the proclamation that Big Blue would go 8-0 to finish off the second half of the season and potentially creep their way into the playoffs, no one took it seriously.
But the Giants are 2-0 coming off their bye week, and eyebrows are being raised as to whether the prediction will come true.
And it isn't just Beckham that believe in it -- the rest of his teammates have the same mentality.
Tags: Alec Ogletree, Evan Engram
Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When the Giants traded cornerback Eli Apple last Tuesday, it signaled they were open for business and it left everyone wondering "Who's next?" Then on Wednesday morning, the Giants shipped out defensive tackle Damon Harrison.
Since then, the feeling around the league is that no one on the Giants' roster is safe.
That's not completely true, of course. Odell Beckham Jr.'s recently signed mega-deal makes him virtually untradeable (even though the Giants have received "decent offers" for him). And Eli Manning has a no-trade clause that he's unlikely to waive. And obviously GM Dave Gettleman isn't going to sell off Saquon Barkley or anyone else from his first draft with the team.
Tags: Alec Ogletree, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: John Mara finally admitted the obvious last week when he conceded the Giants' problems run deeper than he and his front office anticipated. He didn't use the word "rebuilding." But he did say "I'm not sure it will be a quick fix."
No it won't be -- not with a team filled with bloated contracts, saddled with a 37-year-old quarterback, and having won just 4-of-its-last-23 games. It could be a painful, long and probably difficult process.
But at least they're finally doing the right thing now.
Tags: Alec Ogletree, Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
There were only four players on the Giants' initial injury report ahead of their Week 8 matchup against the Redskins. However, a big part of their defense in LB Alec Ogletree was featured.
Ogletree is dealing with a hamstring injury after Monday night's loss to the Falcons, and he was sidelined during Wednesday's practice session in East Rutherford. Wide receiver Jawill Davis also didn't practice as he stays in concussion protocol
The 27-year-old has been an anchor on the second tier this season, totaling 48 combined tackles with two quarterback hits and three tackles for loss. He has also collected an interception as well...
Tags: Alec Ogletree, Patrick Omaneh
Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When the Giants traded cornerback Eli Apple on Tuesday, it signaled they were open for business and it left everyone wondering "Who's next?" Then on Wednesday morning, the Giants shipped out defensive tackle Damon Harrison.
And now the feeling around the league is that no one on the Giants' roster is safe.
That's not completely true, of course. Odell Beckham Jr.'s recently signed mega-deal makes him virtually untradeable, and Eli Manning has a no-trade clause that he's unlikely to waive. And obviously GM Dave Gettleman isn't going to sell off Saquon Barkley or anyone else from his first draft with the team...
Tags: Alec Ogletree, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
Not only was this a divisional game with a heated rival, but this Giants-Eagles matchup at MetLife Stadium on Thursday night was viewed as the game to save the Giants season. Sense of urgency was the word thrown around by the team leading up to tonight, but unfortunately that isn't what was seen on the field.
The Giants lost badly in a 34-13 wallop that left fans speechless and sullen in their seats. With the exception of one dynamic rookie, the performance by the home team wasn't anything to be proud of. And to put it bluntly: What played out tonight was certainly comparable to the miserable group of last season.
So, let's take a deeper look at what happened at each position in the Giants' fifth loss of the season...
Tags: Alec Ogletree, Dalvin Tomlinson, Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has much to do after gameday. He has to watch film, evaluate each player's performance, and most importantly, figure out what went right or wrong that week.
There is also the task of submitting plays to the NFL that coaches want clarification on, whether it's penalties or close calls. Shumur refers to these duties as "a handful of things" during his normal work week.
But, after a few questionable calls on Sunday against the Saints, his workload got heavier...
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants did a pretty good job of beating themselves on Sunday. And at least one of them thinks they had a hand from the officials, too.
In fact, Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree is pretty sure he knows why.
Tags: Alec Ogletree, Ralph Vacchiano
The Giants stepped back from the brink of yet another disastrous season with a 22-17 win in Houston on Sunday, as they put together just enough offense to improve their record to 1-2.
Here are grades for each specific position group...
Tags: Alec Ogletree, Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
The Giants are a team in crisis at 0-2 after a miserable, 20-13 loss in Dallas on Sunday night. And they're back to their same old offensive problems.
Here's a look at how their specific position groups played on Sunday night...
Tags: Alec Ogletree, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
Former Giants QB and current CBS analyst, Phil Simms, gave his thoughts on both the Jets and Giants for the upcoming season. And he believes his former team should make the playoffs with the moves they made this offseason.
"I do think they're a definite playoff contender," he told NJ.com's Darryl Slater at NFL on CBS media day. "As an announcer and as an analyst and being an ex-Giant, I would be disappointed if they're not a playoff team. All the moves they made are for now."
Simms likes that mindset from GM Dave Gettleman, which is why he gave two thumbs up to the Saquon Barkley pick at No. 2 in April...
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The NFL is doing its best to prevent players from dangerously banging their heads into each other this season. But the result of their effort is going to be a lot of people banging their heads against a wall.
That's because not even the players are completely clear about what is and isn't a penalty under the NFL's new helmet rule - a rule that makes "lowering the head and initiating contact" with any part of an opponent's body, not just the head, a 15-yard penalty at least.
Though the Giants' offensive acquisitions this offseason have generated the most talk, Big Blue hasn't been stingy bolstering their defense either.
The Giants were in need of a veteran presence in their linebackers room after the departures of Devon Kennard and Jonathan Casillas, and one of GM Dave Gettleman's first moves was to trade for LB Alec Ogletree. At 26, Ogletree has five NFL seasons with the Rams under his belt, where he recently wore the headset as the defense's playcaller.
Ogletree will likely be paired with B.J. Goodson, who wore the headset for the Giants as the MIKE linebacker last season. However, Goodson could only call out plays in limited time due to injuries. This season, though, Goodson is hoping to show the Giants the potential they saw when he was drafted in the fourth round back in 2016.
Tags: Alec Ogletree, B.J. Goodson, Scott Thompson
Yet the team chose not to draft a linebacker.
The Giants bolstered its offensive and defensive lines, added depth to the running back corps and secondary, and even added a pair of linebackers in the form of undrafted free agents Etienne Sabino out of Ohio State and Charles Dieusel of Mount Union.
Tags: alec ogletree, Brian Urlacher, charles deiusel, charles diesuel, Chase Blackburn, Dan Connor, daryl smith, etienne sabino, jacquian Williams, Jake Muasau, karlos dansby, Keith Rivers, kiko alonso, mark herzlich, Mathias Kiwanuka, Michael Boley, New York Giants, Spencer Paysinger
Numerous mock drafts have the Giants looking to bolster a couple different directions, including linebacker, offensive and defensive lines and the secondary. Among the players most commonly connected to Big Blue are linebackers Manti Te'o and Alec Ogletree, offensive tackle D.J. Fluker and cornerback Desmond Trufant.
Over the weekend, the New York Daily News diagnosed those same four positions as areas of need for the Giants in this year's draft, pointing out the linebacking unit lost Michael Boley and Chase Blackburn, and Mathias Kiwanuka has returned to the defensive line. It adds the offensive line -- aside from left tackle Will Beatty -- is aging; Justin Tuck and Kiwanuka are aging; and questions continue to surround cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley.
Tags: alec ogletree, Chase Blackburn, cornellius carradine, d.j. fluker, desmond trufant, jayron hosley, Justin Tuck, manti te'o, Mathias Kiwanuka, Michael Boley, New York Giants, prince amukamara, Will Beatty
The first scenario is the Giants taking highly coveted offensive tackle D.J. Fluker. The former Alabama lineman has recently climbed up draft boards and has been rumored to be an option for Miami at No. 12.
"The Giants aren't known for taking offensive linemen early, but Fluker would offer a boost up front with his balance, footwork and mauling presence in the running game," writes McShay.Scenario 2 has Big Blue sweeping former Georgia middle linebacker Alec Ogletree off the board. Ogletree is considered among the top two or three inside backers in this year's draft, including Manti Te'o of Notre Dame.
Richardson, ranked as the No. 2 player at his position by NFL Network's Mike Mayock, sits only behind Florida's Shariff Floyd in terms of the best interior defensive linemen.
According to Norris, the addition of Richardson to Big Blue improves the team's interior pass rush. Though with his stock rising, it is not out of the realm of possibility Richardson is gone, in which case Norris expects the Giants to target UCLA's Datone Jones.
Tags: alec ogletree, cullen jenkins, datone jones, DJ Fluker, manti te'o, missouri, New York Giants, shariff floyd, sheldon richardson
The former Rutgers linebacker and Saddle Brook, N.J. product was an All-State player while at St. Joseph High School (Metuchen, N.J.), and has quickly climbed draft boards after a strong outing during the Scarlet Knights Pro Day in March.
Starting in all 13 contests during his senior campaign at Rutgers, Beauharnais notched the third-highest totals in tackles (83), and ranked among the Big East leaders in tackles for loss (16), sacks (5) and interceptions (3).
Tags: alec ogletree, Dan Connor, desmond bishop, khaseem greene, manti te'o, mark herzlich, Michael Boley, New York Giants, Rutgers, steve beauharnais
The Giants have been connected to a number of different players with the 19th selection in April's NFL Draft, most of which has centered around the team's moves during free agency.
Among the names floated around have been Tyler Eifert, the tight end from Notre Dame, Alec Ogletree, the linebacker out of Georgia, and Datone Jones, the defensive lineman out of UCLA.
Tags: Aaron Ross, alec ogletree, Brandon Myers, Corey Webster, datonte jones, desmond trufant, jayron hosley, manti te'o, Michael Boley, New York Giants, prince amukamara, Terrell Thomas
Rotoworld's Josh Norris projects New York to scoop up UCLA defensive Datone Jones. Despite Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck expected to be the team's defensive bookends in 2013, the team does have a history of drafting defensive line depth.
Norris writes ...
Tags: alec ogletree, datone jones, New York Giants
According to ESPN, the G-Men have expressed "some interest" in Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga.
Veteran middle linebacker Michael Boley was released at the start of the off-season, leaving the rumors swirl around potential fits, most of which centered around potential first-round draft picks Alec Ogletree of Georgia and Manti Te'o of Notre Dame.
Tags: alec ogletree, Chase Blackburn, dannell ellerbee, Jasper Brinkley, manti te'o, Michael Boley, New York Giants, ray lewis, rey maualuga
The Fighting Irish have produced some of the better NFL-caliber tight ends in recent years, including Kyle Rudolph of the Minnesota Vikings, as well Anthony Fasano of the Miami Dolphins and John Carlson, also with the Vikings.
The Giants' tight end situation is a bit?murky?with Martellus Bennett a free agent this off-season.
Tags: alec ogletree, anthony fason, d.j. fluker, john carlson, kyle rudolph, lane johnson, martellus bennett, New York Giants, Tyler Eifert, zach ertz
And then again, the Giants could simply pass. Ogletree, a surefire top-10 pick a month ago, has blown up his draft stock with a DUI arrest ?in early February. It's just the latest off-field infraction by Ogletree. From Rotoworld:
The arrest, just ahead of NFL Combine interviews, couldn't have been much more untimely. Ogletree was also suspended four games in 2012 for violating the Georgia football team's substance abuse policy. He allegedly turned in "positive drug tests," plural. Ogletree was suspended once more in 2010 for stealing a motor scooter from fellow UGA student.Some pundits say the incidents will not affect his draft position, but several teams that are in the market for a LB this April, will probably go in another direction. The Steelers, who select 17th, are one of those teams. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Gazette believes the Steelers will let Ogletree slip past them.
Jacksonville linebacker Daryl Smith, who missed the majority of the 2012 season with a groin injury, has been the stalwart of the team's interior defense for nine seasons.
In my free-agent forecaster, I predicted Smith would remain with the Jags largely because they cannot afford to let the veteran go. Despite the injury he suffered last season, there will certainly be a market for Pro Football Focus' top-rated backer.
Of the five most recently updated mocks, three project New York to draft an offensive tackle. Both NFL.com's Bucky Brooks and CBS Sports' Will Brinson predict former Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker will be a member of Big Blue at the end of April.
Tony Pauline of USA Today Sports went down a similar path, though instead of Fluker he expects the Giants to bolster the offensive line with one of the combine's most impressive athletes, Lane Johnson of Oklahoma.
Tags: alec ogletree, Kevin Boothe, lane johnson, martellus bennett, Michael Boley, New York Giants, Sean Locklear, Will Beatty, zach ertz
Among his top-five takeaways from the combine, he mentions Manti Te'o making a good impression on NFL GMs. He said this on the former Notre Dame linebacker:
No way the second- or third-rated inside linebacker gets to the bottom of the round now, in the wake of the fake girlfriend story. I can't see him lasting past Cincinnati at 21. "Unbelievable kid,'' is how one interviewer for a team described him Sunday night. "Everybody in our room fell in love with him." More about him in a few moments.Both Te'o and former Georgia Bulldog have been connected to the Giants, a team in need of bolstering its linebacking corps.
Both strong safeties Kenny Phillips and Stevie Brown are free agents, Corey Webster's future with the team is anything but sure and depth may surface as a real concern.
One of the more interesting prospects in this year's NFL Draft is former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, formerly heralded as the Honey Badger for his small stature but big game.
Tags: alec ogletree, lsu, manti te'o, New York Giants, tyann mathieu
Whether it's via free agency, the draft or trades, the Giants need to upgrade their pass rush, which will allow their linebackers to focus more on stopping the revent and their defensive backs on generating turnovers.
The heart and soul of the Giants D: the defensive line. Let's begin there.